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Reviewed mushroom soup with bacon

Nov 9, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

I'm on the fence...

I try to make recipes exactly as stated before making any modifications. I thought I had sherry, but didn't. I should have left it alone, but wound up adding bourbon instead. Yeah, it was pretty strong. There was a point in the preparation when I looked at the onions, garlic and mushrooms and thought "Let...

Reviewed Cream of Zucchini Soup (Crema De Calabacitas)

Nov 3, 2014 in on Food.com

This soup is bland. I couldn';t even bring myself to put an exclamation point behind the word "bland," that';s how bland it is. I followed the recipe to the letter and am in the process of trying to save it. I';ve added kosher salt, habanero seasoning, chili powder, celery salt...nothing. I had some chicken breast that I had marin...

Reviewed simple homemade pancakes

Nov 2, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

These need a little work. Fine basic recipe, not what I would call flavorful. I added cinnamon, nutmeg...will add more next time. Not awful, just not great.

Reviewed zucchini bread with dried cranberries and vanilla bean glaze

Nov 1, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

I've made this recipe twice. The first time I followed it to the letter. The bread was perfection, though I think the glaze could have been better. I didn't think it was worth the bean I gave up. I made it a second time with modifications to see if I could make it healthier: I included a table spoon of flax seed, a tablespoon of ground flax...

Reviewed banana walnut bread

Nov 1, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

tThis was a quick, easy recipe! I liked that it used unbleached flour. I made two changes: 1) I didn't have ripe bananas, but I did have some frozen ones that I stash when I make smoothies. They worked out fine. 2) I added more vanilla because I really like vanilla! I also took the recommendation of others and baked the bread for an hour....

Reviewed banana bread

Sep 10, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

Holy Smokes! This is FANTASTIC! I was so excited to have all the ingredients that I blew it a couple of ways and it still came out fabulous! I didn't have unsalted butter and used the regular stuff. I mixed the cinnamon with the dry ingredients...oh well! This bread is perfection! My husband wanted to kiss me good night, and I told him "Wait...

Reviewed sauteed kale

Jul 10, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

Easy and Tasty!

This is my first time preparing and eating Kale. This is a great "first timer's" recipe. If you cook regularly, you probably already have all the ingredients. The preparation and cook times were on the mark. The only modifications I would make would be to use fresh ground pepper (I ran out of pepper corns and...

Reviewed Broccoli and Cheese Soup with Croutons

Jan 10, 2014 on FoodNetwork.com

I'm a big Emeril fan, so I feel a little bad about the rating. To be fair, I didn't follow the recipe to the letter and will try to make it again. I only had fresh broccoli, white onion and Colby / Jack cheese. After sampling it, I felt that it needed something extra. I added a little cayenne pepper and Tony Chachere's creole seasoning. The results...

Reviewed Sweet Potato and Andouille Soup

Sep 2, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This was very good! I used two pounds of sweet potatoes instead of 1.5 pounds. Instead of garnishing the soup with the sausage, I dumped it all in the soup. I did add a little extra cayenne, and next time may use a little more sweet potato for a thicker, creamier soup."

Reviewed Black Bean Soup

Sep 1, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I made this recipe exactly as instructed with the following exceptions; I thought I had four cans of black beans, but only had two cans and one 20 oz can of refried black beans. It worked out well and gave the soup a nice texture. Because my husband and I like a little heat, I added about a half tablespoon of red pepper flakes. I also only use"

Reviewed Cuban Beef Stew: Carne con Papas

May 2, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I really wanted to give this recipe five stars. It got four for two reasons: 1) It needed more than the 25 minute cook time and 2) I think it needs more heat as well as spices. I didn't have dry cilantro so I just chopped up the fresh cilantro I had on hand. I will take the advice of another reviewer and add green chiles and additional spice. "

Reviewed Whole-Wheat Pancakes with Nutty Topping

Jan 6, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I'm on the Dtour diet and needed a recipe for wheat pancakes. I didn't make the topping or include the apples. For my purposes, this was a great recipe. The only (additional) changes I made were the addition of cinnamon and Splenda instead of honey. This was pretty easy to put together and my husband enjoyed them too. Great recipe for diabeti"

Reviewed Baked Brown Rice

Jan 3, 2013 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I needed brown rice as part of a diabetic diet. I've never been able to successfully make it until today. The only change I made was adding the juices I had left over from roasting some top sirloin. I had about a cup and a half of juice, and added the water to that. It gave the rice a great flavor. Next time I'll use my dutch oven like another"

Reviewed Turkey Andouille Gumbo

Dec 13, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I just finished making this gumbo. It has great flavor and HAD a wonderful consistency until I strayed from the recipe. I too had leftover turkey, and juice/bits as well. I added the remaining juice, which I should have subsituted for some of the stock/broth. It made the gumbo thinner...that's what happens when you tamper with perfection! In "

Reviewed Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Nov 4, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I just finished making these cookies. OK...not this cookie EXACTLY. I made a couple of tweaks; I creamed the butter and sugars together as one reviewer suggested; I had some Nestle's chocolate and peanut butter chips and used those. I added a teaspoon of cinammon and extra vanilla extract. I reduced the amount of sugar to one cup each as other"

Reviewed Herb Crusted Pork Tenderloin

Sep 16, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

Tasty and easy! "

Reviewed Southwestern Egg Bake

Jun 24, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I just finished eating this and I love it! I did a couple of things differently: I added a couple of tablespoons of Habanero Tomato Relish to the green chiles. I didn't have whole chiles, so I used the chopped chiles I already had. I used my mixer to blend the egg and sour cream. Because there's just my husband and I, I cut the recipe in half"

Reviewed Fully Loaded Cheesy Potato Soup

Apr 29, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I made this soup last night, following the recipe exactly except for the following: I used pepper jack cheese, maple bacon and removed some of the potatoes so it would be a little chunky. I didn't have any chives (OK, I had some in my garden but was too lazy to brave the wind and rain for them), but it didn't matter. It was delicious, easy to p"

Reviewed Big and Crispy Onion Rings

Jan 19, 2012 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I just finished making these. I did read the other reviews and decided to "double-dip." Yes, it's messy but worth the results. My husband was very happy with the results as am I. I was amazed at how much you can make from one onion! I'll definitely make these again.""

Reviewed Caramelized Onion and Cornbread Dressing

Nov 24, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

What was appealling to me about this recipe was the simplicity and the carmelized onions. I made my own corbread (I had the ingredients at home and it's not labor intensive), and wound up adding more liquid because the mix was incredibly dry. I also included celery in the onion/sage mix. The flavor was a little flat. I'll probably make it agai...

Reviewed Shrimp Scampi

Nov 10, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This was very good and simple to make. There were three ingredients I didn't have: onion, shrimp stock (too lazy to make it!) and fresh parsley, so I subsituted red onion, seafood stock and parsley flakes. I loved the flavor after the sauce cooked down and thickened. I thought the lemon might be too strong for my husband, but he loved it. I'...

Reviewed Chef Jack's Corn Chowder

Mar 26, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

While I did'nt read all 306 reviews, I'm glad I read some of them. I just finished making this chowder and am pleased with the result. Like some cooks suggested, I omitted the extra stick of butter (that was just CRAZY!) I used 2% milk instead of half and half; I added roasted potatoes and a chopped roasted chicken breast and used unprocessed flour...

Reviewed Banana Bread

Mar 18, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

I just finished making this bread. Aside from the bottom sticking to pan and the bread not coming out cleanly (I have no one to blame but myself; I used a non-stick spray...THAT will never happen again!)it's a wonderful recipe. My husband and I ate the torn bottom, then decided we needed to verify deliciousness and are in the midst of a second serving....

Reviewed Baked Sweet Potato Wedges

Mar 14, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This was a very quick and easy recipe to make. I was so excited to have all the ingredients that I put everything (butter, cinammon, salt and pepper) into the pot, then poured it over the potatoes. My husband loved them, the only comment being that he'd like them crispier. Nothing that slicing them thinner and baking a little longer can't fix....

Reviewed Andouille Sausage Creole

Feb 27, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This is one of the few recipes that I don't need to modify. I did include red and white onion, only because the recipe didn't specify. I would like to try this with chicken or shrimp. It already tastes like the flavors melded overnight. Usually recipes like this taste better the next day. I will definitely make this again!"

Reviewed Chef Jack's Corn Chowder

Feb 5, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

While I did'nt read all 306 reviews, I'm glad I read some of them. I just finished making this chowder and am pleased with the result. Like some cooks suggested, I omitted the extra stick of butter (that was just CRAZY! I used 2% milk instead of half and half; I added roasted potatoes and a chopped roasted chicken breast and used unprocessed flour...

Reviewed Chef Jack's Corn Chowder

Feb 4, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

While I did'nt read all 306 reviews, I'm glad I read some of them. I just finished making this chowder and am pleased with the result. Like some cooks suggested, I omitted the extra stick of butter (that was just CRAZY!); I used 2% milk instead of half and half; I added roasted potatoes and a chopped roasted chicken breast. I love the texture and...

Reviewed Southern Cornbread

Jan 30, 2011 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This is the best cornbread I've ever had! It reminds me of the cornbread my grandmother used to make. I made two small changes: 1) I added a tablespoon of Splenda. 2) I used a cast iron skillet, added a tablespoon of olive oil and preheated the skillet in the oven until the oil was hot. The texture and taste were phenomenal. No more Jiffy mix...

Reviewed Andouille and Potato Soup

Dec 8, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on FoodNetwork.com

This was an easy recipe to make. I didn't have real andoullie sausage, but had some smoked andoullie flavored sausage from the market. I doubled the amount of garlic and listened to other reviews, using less broth and additing potatoe flakes. I prefer a creamier soup and it initially looked a little thin. I used white pepper, leftover red onion,...

Reviewed Hunter's Minestrone

Nov 28, 2010 in Food Network Community Toolbox on Food Network

The soup was pretty good, and I'll probably make it again. I didn't give it five stars because it needed tweaking (A five star rating for me means no tweaks are necessary). Because I'm a bit of a garlic freak, I kept the garlic that was used in the broth and put it back into the soup. I will probably add more sausage and fewer beans. The next...

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